Bodies of family that froze to death trying to cross U.S. border may not return to India

2022-01-29 6:22:00 PM

Bodies of family that froze to death trying to cross U.S. border may not return to India

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Bodies of family that froze to death trying to cross U.S. border may not return to India

A relative of said family members have decided it would be emotionally difficult to see the couple and their two children and too expensive to transport the bodies

A relative of a family that froze to death in southern Manitoba while trying to cross the United States border says it’s expected the bodies will not be flown home to India for a funeral.Amritbhai Vakil said family members have decided it would be emotionally difficult to see the couple and their two children and too expensive to transport the bodies.

“Can you imagine what will happen to the parents when they see four bodies all at once?” he said.They hope there might be a funeral in Canada, Vakil added.RCMP and diplomatic officials Thursday released the names of the dead: Jagdish Patel, 39; his wife Vaishaliben Patel, 37; their 11-year-old daughter, Vihangi Patel; and their three-year-old son, Dharmik Patel.

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Authorities identify bodies of Indian family trying to cross into U.S. from ManitobaA 39-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman, an 11-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy have been identified as the four Indian nationals who died trying to cross into the U.S. from Manitoba If life WAS THAAAAT BAD UP IN CANADA... I guess they felt it was worth risking they're baby. Lol these people should be mocked.. not in the news... IceUpCanada

Create Free Account A relative of a family that froze to death in southern Manitoba while trying to cross the United States border says it’s expected the bodies will not be flown home to India for a funeral.Create Free Account Officials in Ottawa say they have confirmed the identities of four Indian nationals whose bodies were found frozen in Manitoba near the Canada-U.Social Sharing Family of 4 identified as man, woman in late 30s, 11-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy CBC News · Posted: Jan 27, 2022 12:52 PM CT | Last Updated: 12 minutes ago Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel (left to right), son Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel, wife and mother Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel and daughter Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel are shown in a handout photo.Social Sharing Victims identified as man, woman in late 30s, 11-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy CBC News · Posted: Jan 27, 2022 12:52 PM CT | Last Updated: 9 minutes ago The people found dead in a Manitoba field near the Canada-U.

Amritbhai Vakil said family members have decided it would be emotionally difficult to see the couple and their two children and too expensive to transport the bodies. “Can you imagine what will happen to the parents when they see four bodies all at once?” he said. border last week. They hope there might be a funeral in Canada, Vakil added. border last week. RCMP and diplomatic officials Thursday released the names of the dead: Jagdish Patel, 39; his wife Vaishaliben Patel, 37; their 11-year-old daughter, Vihangi Patel; and their three-year-old son, Dharmik Patel. Investigators believe the family of four was attempting to cross over the border by foot on Jan. The family, from the Dingucha village in India’s western state of Gujarat, had travelled to Toronto on Jan. Autopsies of the four, which RCMP said started Wednesday, determined the deaths were "consistent with exposure to the outdoor elements" based on the circumstances involved, the release said.

12, Mounties said. More to come. At a news conference later Thursday, Manitoba RCMP Chief Supt. Their frozen bodies were found in the snow, just metres from the border, seven days later. A man on the U..S. It is also why the process to confirm the names took an extended period of time," Hill said. side was arrested and charged with human smuggling..

U.S. 12 and made their way to the Manitoba community of Emerson around Jan. officials allege he is part of an organized human-smuggling enterprise. U.S. Investigators believe the case involved human smuggling and would like to speak to anyone who may have helped or seen the family while they were in Canada.

court documents allege Steve Shand of Deltona, Fla., was driving a van with two Indian nationals just south of the border on Jan. 19." Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP's major crime services tip line at 431-489-8551. The documents say five others from India were soon after spotted in the snow walking in the direction of the van. They told border officers that they had been walking for more than 11 hours in the freezing cold and that four others had become separated from the group overnight.

One man in the group also said he had paid a large amount of money to get a fake student visa in Canada and was expecting a ride to a relative’s home in Chicago after he crossed the border, the documents say. A statement from India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the High Commission in Ottawa and Consulate General in Toronto are working closely with Canadian authorities. Anil Pratham, director general of police in Gujarat, said he is waiting on information and guidance from External Affairs to move ahead with his investigation. Pratham said he believes the Patels used a local travel agent to get visas to Canada. Vakil, in a phone interview from Dingucha, said family in India had wondered for several days if the bodies found in Canada were their relatives.

Family knew the four had travelled to Canada, he said, but no one had been able to reach them. The family is going through complex emotions, he said. “They knew in their heart of hearts that it was their kids, but they didn’t want to believe it,” Vakil said. “They had some hope, but knew it was false hope. It’s also shocking and sad when what you fear most comes true.

” The week that it took for authorities to identify the Patels helped cushion the blow, he added. “It’s given time to process our thoughts and emotions.” He said the family is holding a 15-day mourning and prayer service in the village. A separate service was to take place Friday night in Winnipeg. The president of the India Association of Manitoba said it worked with local organizations to put together an hour-long virtual one for community members.

The group had worked with consulate officials from Toronto to help identify the Patels. Ramandeep Grewal said the wish was to give community members a way to deal with their grief. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the groups decided to hold something online. Since news of the deaths, people have been reaching out to share their own stories of immigrating to the U.S.

or Canada, Grewal said. “I think it’s very important everybody get together and talk about it. It’s a little bit soothing for everyone,” he said. “Otherwise people are just thinking about it … (and) what went wrong.” This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship .